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Best of the North Fork

For our first ever Best of the North Fork awards, our team debated (and debated, and debated) the top spots in the area in 58 categories, from lobster rolls and vintage shops to tasting rooms and takeout. Read on for our picks for the best in drink: bars, breweries, distilleries, winemakers and more.

We hope our list inspires you to support local — and drink something new and delicious!

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Best of the North Fork Readers’ Choice

Best Winery: Macari Vineyards, Mattituck

Best Tasting Room: Croteaux Vineyards, Southold

Best Brewery: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Greenport and Peconic

Best Spirits: LIV Long Island Spirits, Baiting Hollow

Best Cocktail Spot: Brix & Rye, Greenport

Best Sports Bar: Legends, New Suffolk

Best Place to Grab a Drink: Claudio’s Waterfront, Greenport

Best Tea or Coffee House: North Fork Roasting Company, Southold

Best Winemaker: Kareem Massoud, Paumanok and Palmer Vineyards, both in Aquebogue


All Best of the North Fork Honorees

BEST WINERIES

Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue

Jamesport Vineyards, Jamesport

Lenz Winery, Peconic

Macari Vineyards, Mattituck

McCall Wines, Cutchogue

Paumanok Vineyards, Aquebogue

Roanoke Vineyards, Riverhead

Illustration by Kaitlin Beebe

BEST TASTING ROOMS

Corey Creek Tap Room, Southold

Croteaux Vineyards, Southold

Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue

Kontokosta Winery, Greenport

RGNY, Riverhead

Rose Hill Vineyards, Mattituck

Sherwood House Vineyards, Jamesport


BEST BREWERIES

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Greenport and Peconic

Jamesport Farm Brewery, Riverhead

Long Ireland Beer Company, Riverhead

North Fork Brewing Company, Riverhead

Peconic County Brewing, Riverhead

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Illustration by Kaitlin Beebe

BEST SPIRITS

LIV Long Island Spirits, Baiting Hollow

Matchbook Distilling Co., Greenport

Montauk Distilling Company, Riverhead

Twin Stills Moonshine, Riverhead


BEST COCKTAIL SPOTS

American Beech Lounge & Black Llama Bar, Greenport

Brix & Rye, Greenport

The Frisky Oyster, Greenport

KonTiki, Greenport

Noah’s, Greenport

The Preston House & Hotel, Riverhead

The Halyard, Greenport


BEST PLACES TO GRAB A DRINK

Billy’s by the Bay, Greenport

Bistro 72, Riverhead

Claudio’s Waterfront, Greenport

Lucharitos, Greenport

PORT, Greenport

Sophie’s Rest, Southold

Tweed’s, Riverhead

Illustration by Kaitlin Beebe

BEST TEA AND COFFEE HOUSES

Aldo’s Coffee Company, Greenport

D’Latte Café & Bakery, Greenport

Hampton Coffee Company, Aquebogue

North Fork Roasting Company, Southold

Sarikopa Organic Coffee & Tea House, Riverhead

Special Tea House, Greenport


BEST SPORTS BARS

The All-Star, Riverhead

Andy’s, Greenport

Digger’s Ales N’ Eats, Riverhead

Founders Tavern, Southold

Legends, New Suffolk

North Fork Road House, Mattituck

Phil’s, Wading River

Illustration by Kaitlin Beebe

BEST WINEMAKERS

Robin Epperson-McCarthy & Alie Shaper, Chronicle Wines

Kareem Massoud, Paumanok Vineyards and Palmer Vineyards

Kelly Koch, Terra Vite North Fork Winery & Vineyard and Woodside Orchards

Gilles Martin, Kontokosta Winery, Sherwood House Vineyards, Sparkling Pointe

Rich Olsen-Harbich, Bedell Cellars and Corey Creek Tap Room

Claudia Purita, One Woman Winery

Roman Roth, Roanoke Vineyards and Wolffer Estate

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